The Tuguegarao Cathedral

Saint Peter Paul Metropolitan Cathedral Tuguegarao Cagayan Church Gomez Street Province Archdiocese Seat Spanish Structure History Construction Souvenir Program Parish Damage Renovation Luna Rizal The Saint Peter and Paul Metropolitan Cathedral in Cagayan, commonly known as the Tuguegarao Cathedral, is located on Gomez Street in Cagayan Province. This church is the seat of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao. The church with belfry is the biggest Spanish-built church in Cagayan Valley, constructed under the supervision of Fr. Antonio Lobato, OP on June 17, 1761 to 1767 (Cagayan Souvenir Program, 1968). The cathedral suffered massive destruction in WW II and was rebuilt by Msgr. Bishop Constance Jurgens. It is considered as one the of the most beautiful works of art in the country and the world today. Its picture appears at Rome Basilica. Entrance to the cathedral is located at the corner of Luna and Rizal Streets in Tuguegarao City. Continue reading

Pavvu-Rulun Festival in Tuguegarao

Pavvu-Rulun Festival CagayanThe Pavvu-Rulun Festival is held every August in Tuguegarao, Cagayan Province. The Ibanag culture and tradition is showcased during this festival. Pavvurulun is an Ibanag word which means get-together. It gathers Tuguegaraoenos to a weeklong festivities culminating with a mass and procession of the patron saint on August 16. This festival honors St. Hyacinth, which is being venerated at the Ermita de San Jacinto. Pav-vurulun which means comng together allows all members of the community to join in the celebrations from the well applauded street dancing competitions, drum, bugle and lyre competitions, beauty pagent, agri-trade fairs and job fairs, among many others. The highlight of the event is the outdoor Continue reading

The Ibanag Culture

IbanagThe Ibanag (Ibannag) people are concentrated in the towns of Tuguegarao (43004), Solano (18,172), Cabagan (30,883), and Ilagan (27,170) in the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela. The total population is in the range of 311,187 (NSO 1990). The dialect groups are: (1) north Ibanag and (2) south Ibanag. They are related to the neighboring but less dominant Itawit and Malaweg. The Ibanag originally inhabited the areas about the mouth of the Cagayan River. In historic times (1850-1900) they moved up river and gradually influenced the cultures of older ethnic elements in the south like the Itawit, Isinay, and Ga’dang. The language became the lingua franca for commerce. Later, Ilocano cultural influences (185-01897) were incorporated as tobacco growers also affected the cultures of these groups.

The culture is basically lowland technology with the cultivation of rice and corn with tobacco and cotton as cash crops. Some upland farming of rice is practiced. The culture is heavily influenced by the migration of Ilocano into the Cagayan Valley.

Tuguegarao, Cagayan

TuguegaraoTuguegarao City, the city capital of the Province of Cagayan and the Regional Center of Cagayan Valley Region (Region 02) is a major urban center in Northeastern Luzon and a Primary Growth Center. Historically, it is important as the provincial capital of the Province of Cagayan, as a trading center for the Tobacco Monopoly and as the only center for the higher education in Northeast Luzon.

Tuguegarao was founded in 1604 as a “mission-pueblo”, and before it became the capital city of Cagayan, it was the only first class municipality in the province. The majestic Cagayan River is Continue reading

Cagayan Museum and Historical Research Center

Cagayan Provincial MuseumThe Cagayan Museum and History Research Center in Tuguegarao features an extensive collection of fossils, artifacts, antiques, artworks, enthnographic and liturgical works of the province are housed in the museum. Located at the provincial capitol complex, it was conceived by the Provincial Board in 1971 and became operational on its inauguration on August 15, 1973 during the traditional Aggao na Cagayan. It is a general museum and houses an extensive collection of artifacts, antiques, ethnographics, trade wares, heirloom pieces and liturgical works of the province and fossils of animals that once roamed the valley. The museum houses extensive data on Continue reading

Cagayan Province

Cagayan ProvinceCagayan lies in the northeastern part of mainland Luzon, approximately 17° 30′ north and 121° 15′ east, occupying the lower basin of the Cagayan River. Tuguegarao (now a component city), its capital is 483 kilometers north of Manila, about one hour by air travel, and ten hours by land, through the Maharlika Highway, also known as the Cagayan Valley Road–Region 02’s trunkline road–which runs parallel to the Cagayan River.

The Province, including the Babuyan island group, is approximately 900,270 hectares. It is the second largest in land area in Region 02 and constitutes about 3% of the total land area of the Philippines. The Balintang Channel, north of the Babuyan Islands, forms the boundary between Continue reading